Bristol Water’s new mascot Hydro Harry joined poet Miles Chambers and the winner of last year’s Ablaze poetry competition to launch the latest Ablaze poetry competition!

Ablaze are delighted to be running the 2019/20 competition in partnership with Bristol Water and Intellect Ltd, and the theme for this year’s competition is ‘Water’. To celebrate the launch of this year’s competition, Sally Melvin from Ablaze, Bristol Poet Miles Chambers and 2019 poetry competition winner Ruby Jenkinson met Bristol Water mascot Hydro Harry at one of Bristol Water’s refill stations. The refill station at College Green in Bristol was unveiled in June 2019 to help reduce plastic waste by. allowing the public to refill their water bottles for free.

Ben Newby, Chief Customer Officer at Bristol Water, said of the partnership with Ablaze: “It’s so important that children get the opportunity to meet community role models like Miles and explore avenues for expressing themselves. As a nation, we’re using more water than ever. Treating water is incredibly energy intensive and rising populations means that the demand for water will increase – but climate change is leading to less water in our rivers. With the help of our three new mascots, Hydro Harry, Professor H20 and Eco Nina, we’ll be helping young people in our community to see water differently, as a precious resource, through the power of poetry.”

Sally Melvin, CEO of Ablaze, said of the partnership with Bristol Water “We’re delighted to be running this year’s poetry competition with Bristol Water. Thanks to their support we are able to offer schools writing workshops delivered by Miles to help inspire all those budding poets out there. Creative writing is an important part of literacy development – we hope that lots of pupils will send in their poems on all things water. We can’t wait to read them.”

.To find out more about our latest poetry competition, including details of how to enter, please CLICK HERE.

Pictured above (from left to right): Hydro Harry, Ruby Jenkinson (overall winner of the 2018/19 Ablaze Poetry competition), poet Miles Chambers, Danny Gibbs, Adam Gibbs, Honey Jenkinson and Bobby Jenkinson (winner of the 9-11 age category in the 2018/19 poetry competition) hold copies of the Ablaze poetry books.